A New Chapter

P1180151 Hammock ViewI’m stepping off the well-trodden path of expectations and “doing the right thing” to find a new way forward. This is my story.

I must have been born a vagabond who took a 25 year detour to raise my kids, and then somehow got “married” to the house I built to raise them in, and now I’ve been (mostly) enjoying it for another 20 years. Through all that time I had a busy professional life and volunteered in every possible way to make my community a better place to live. But my friends and family have all moved away and none of my grandkids are being raised here… so at last I want to reclaim my life, to follow my wandering urges and to have the FREEDOM that I have never allowed myself before.

In November 2012 I bought a motor home and in January 2013 I am taking my sweet dog, who is aging like me, and we are heading into the sunset. We are excited to see what is over the next hill. No, the house isn’t sold – yet.  But improved technology now allows a Freeze Alarm to call phone numbers if the temperature drops enough to freeze everything, and although my house is not paid off, I got the payments low enough so I won’t have (destructive) tenants living here again.  I’ll can be somewhere else sometimes, and hopefully I’ll get the guts to finally sell it and spend unscheduled time traveling while I can still do it!


Many pages have slideshows, so patience will be rewarded with additional photos.  The slideshows are indicated by dots under the picture.

Comments can be added to any individual post, by clicking on any “Recent Posts” entry at the bottom left of each page.  The categories and archive links provide continuous entries from more recent to older posts.

My other websites, most moved to Google Drive storage —

– For three years while in the Peace Corps and a while afterwards, I maintained a website that includes a lot about life in Romania, my family in the United States and Germany, and includes a lot of wonderful photographs from Europe and Alaska. Naturally there are some of my personal observations about culture and philosophy.   You can even learn to make traditional Romanian food like Christmas sweet bread and Cabbage rolls.

– to reach the journal pages and an index to find entries listed in the left column

– Many photo galleries from 2006-2010.  For most of these, just click on the photo and it will move on to the next image. (Some may not work on every device.)
Check out this one, from Romania in the 1970s:

– The OLD website for Loren Lake B&B, which I managed in my Alaskan home.  This site has many photos of Alaska and my life there, including my family history and homesteading as a child and “living in the woods” as a young mother.

– Many photo albums to share.

Contact me at my email:

One Response to A New Chapter

  1. Shar says:

    This is great. I might have done this the last 20 years so thanks for sharing and maybe i will finally do what people have been asking me to do for that long-write a book or the like. Good job Shar

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